Friday Open Thread


Here’s some space to cluster your nuggets.

While I’ve got your attention – Scrutiny Hooligans are on the lookout for someone with excellent writing skills, keen political insight, interest in local politics, and some acquaintance with computer machines. I’d love to see lots more stories here, and I just don’t have the time to make it happen. Now accepting applications – salary ranges from sense of smug satisfaction to full-on political delightgasms.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Gordon Smith says:

    From Save Asheville’s Water:

    The second meeting of Rep. Moffitt’s privatization committee was held in Raleigh on Jan. 10. The focus was on the creation of a Public-Private Partnership Authority for the state of North Carolina. Modeled on recently-created PPP entities in Puerto Rico, Virginia, Texas, and Maryland, this authority’s mission would be to encourage and facilitate the privatization of State assets like transportation, schools, and water utilities.

  2. Gordon Smith says:

    From the AC-T:

    Aspiring Congressman Mark Meadows picked up a key endorsement this afternoon from well-known businessman Jeff Miller, the man who ran against incumbent Heath Shuler in 2010.

  3. Gordon Smith says:

    In other Congressional run news:

    Patsy Keever has a website

    Terry Bellamy has a website with video.

    Cecil Bothwell has a Town Hall meeting tonight Monday night in Black Mountain (he’s had a website for quite a while).

  4. TJ says:

    The article states the town hall meeting is on Monday the 23rd.

    Can’t say I’m inclined to visit the mayor’s page. I probably would not believe what she says, and could lead to me annoying her with questions and getting banned from her site.

  5. Pick me Pick me Pick me Pick me!

  6. Tom Sullivan says:

    Reid Postpones Senate Vote On PIPA.

    Newt Gingrich now plans to launch a tirade against the media every time he gets a question he doesn’t like. Crowds stand and cheer. Newt looks imperial, compares himself to Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Abraham Lincoln and Charles de Gaulle. Marianne should have known that Newt, with his “grandiose thoughts,” was just too much man not to share with the women of the world.

    10-word campaign against Gingrich: “Why should you trust Newt Gingrich? His three wives can’t.”

  7. Diogenes says:

    Cut Newt some slack. He was working so hard to save America from the immorality of that dog Bill Clinton he needed and deserved some respite from the tension, pressure and stress he was under. A little action on the side what’s it gonna hurt?

    Besides his first two wives were tainted and flawed. Cancer and M.S. You can’t expect an ambitious and righteous man to survive on rotten meat.

    Anyway, it was the despicable liberal Obama-loving media that drove him to commit serial adultery. Herman Cain too.

  8. RHS says:

    “Anyway, it was the despicable liberal Obama-loving media that drove him to commit serial adultery”

    That, and the fact that he loves his country so much.

  9. Michael Muller says:

    Ascend is an excellent choice — plus he’s a whole lot less lazy that Shad or me. is it me or I? I never know.

    And remember, he has that silky voice from the Asheville FM.

    Maybe we need a Hooligans meeting forthwith. It’s been a long time.

  10. trifecta says:

    I am both smug and politically delightful Gordon.

  11. Dixiegirlz says:

    I second Ascend. An excellent writer and good sense to boot.

  12. shadmarsh says:

    I still say people aren’t wearing enough hats.

  13. Andrew Dahm says:

    What you’re saying is there isn’t enough male pattern baldness.

  14. Dixiegirlz says:

    “I still say people aren’t wearing enough hats.”

    They certainly are not wearing enough good hats….bunch of cheap Chinese crap for hats, out there.

  15. Michael Muller says:


  16. shadmarsh says:

    Someone is free to take my slot, I’m ready to give up the ghost. I’m sure Diogenes would feel a certain amount of rectitude if he/she could take my place.

  17. Diogenes says:

    To the contrary, I hope you stay. You contribute a great deal to the atmosphere of Scrutiny Hooligans.

    Where we have quarreled it’s been over your behavior in attempting to manage readers and in editing other’s posts. You’ve altered meaning and intent, censored comments and made snarky remarks about readers and their comments, make false, libelous statements about commenters, failied to do due diligence before casting aspersions on people with whom you disagree or dislike. As a moderating editor um…improvement needed.

    You’ve not been much of a content editor, but I did and do appreciate your occasional posts of poems. Your Sunday Morning Music picks are always interesting. I wish you’d post more original content.

    Rectitude and integrity are concepts, indeed virtues, very closely related. They usually come, but not always, with experience and maturity. Good manners are the lubricant to social interaction—they are important online too, perhaps even more important because we don’t have the face-to-face communication and must rely solely on the words we choose.

    The good news is that manners can be learned.

    That reminds me of a story….

    An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

    “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

    He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

    The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

    Stay Shad, and do good work.

  18. shadmarsh says:

    I altered one word in one comment once, for which I have, and do again, apologize. As to the other aspersions (except the snark– this is the internet, snark happens)well, we both know they aren’t true. But thanks for the tips I’ll take them under advisement.

  19. Diogenes says:

    What you lack in grace and acuity is more than made up for in denial and contempt.

    Is alcohol involved?

  20. shadmarsh says:

    You know what they say when you point a finger…

  21. @Michael, Dixiegirlz, Thanks for your support!

  22. Davyne Dial says:

    You’re quite welcome. I always appreciate independent thinking and the occasional wickedly good humor that comes from you.

  23. TJ says:

    I would agree about Ascend. I would disagree with Diogenes. While Diogenes seems to have writing skills,, just the quick manner the comments have devolved into a negative exchange, I would not feel confident posts would fare much better.

    I add a nomination for Davyne, as a female voice is sorely needed and can be as powerful as a male voice.
    Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting her know she is passionate, has insight into local hapennings, and is well-spoken. I can only imagine her writing would be solid and effective.

    Unless the regular posts are for an all-boy’s club, with an occasional peek inside (I sincerely thank all you guys allowing my guest post about 9/11. It truly was a healing moment and an honor).

    Well, that’s my nominations, for whatever it may be worth. { 😉 sorry, it probably won’t buy you an Expresso at Starbucks for an all-night writing binge}.

  24. Dixiegirlz says:

    I would suggest having an guest commentary policy to have material submitted…so we’d get a cross section from various points of view.

  25. Aaron Sarver says:

    NCGA Metropolitan Sewerage/Water System Committee meets tomorrow at
    2 p.m. in Raleigh. For those of you who cannot make the trip, tune in online at:

    http://www.ncleg.net/Audio/Audio.html (Room 544 link)

  26. Tim Peck says:

    I’ve never seen Mike Muller wearing a hat. That’s right, Muller! Makes you think.

  27. Dixiegirlz says:

    Here is the agenda for the net schoolboard meeting. ding, ding, ding….religion is the main feature.

    Buncombe County Board of Education
    Work Session Agenda
    Board Auditorium
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

    OPENING COMMENTS – Chairman Rhinehart & Dr. Baldwin



    Standard 1: Vision and Purpose – Susanne Swanger
    Standard 2: Governance and Leadership – Cynthia Lopez
    Standard 3: Teaching and Learning – Leland Blankenship
    Standard 4: Documenting and Using Results – Jeff Gorsuch
    Standard 5: Resources and Support Systems – Christy Cheek
    Standard 6: Stakeholder Communications and Relationships – Jan Blunt
    Standard 7: Commitment to Continuous Improvement – Candie Sellers
    BREAK – 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

    Strategic Planning Overview

    ADJOURNMENT – Chairman Rhinehart